Posts Tagged ‘2008’

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 134: Hello Brunello

June 5, 2014

In this episode, Jeff tries two Brunello di Montalcino samples from Piccini.

Wines Tasted:

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Piccini 2009 Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino

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Piccini 2008 Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite Brunello di Montalcino?  Leave a comment, and let us know what you think.

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 103: Stay Rad Turns Two!

June 11, 2013

In this episode, Jeff celebrates the second anniversary of Stay Rad Wine Blog with a blind wine tasting.  Let’s see how he did?

Wine Tasted:

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You’re always trying to cheat, aren’t you? Scroll down if you want to see the wine.

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Brazin 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Have you ever had this wine?  What did you think of it?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Where do YOU find value?

April 23, 2013

Well…

The Languedoc has done it again.

I’ve long been a fan of this Southern region of France for its fresh, food-friendly, and inexpensive wines.

The other day, I picked up this bad boy from Bev Mo for 14 bucks…

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Chateau Millegrand 2008 Minervois Red Wine

Millegrand is an estate found in the Minervois appellation of the Languedoc.  This red wine is a blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 10% Mourvedre.  It was aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels.

Color: Dark ruby red with a few rusty notes near the edges.

Nose: Nice and chalky (You know I love chalk!).  There are some nice sweet tobacco notes, and just a touch of ripe plum and blackberry fruit.

Taste: This is an earthy wine.  Forest floor, mushroom, and tobacco for days.  There are, of course, these lovely red fruits… but this wine is mad earthy.

Score: This was the perfect wine for a Tuesday night (which it is).  Pair this one with barbecue, pizza, or burgers, and you will be one happy customer.  Pick it up.  89

If the review doesn’t sell you, peep this photo, foo…

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Thumbs up, brah!

You know I love the Languedoc, but where do you find value?

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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This Justin: Man tries a new wine and likes it.

June 22, 2011

Justin time!

“Have you ever tried Justin?”

“No,” I responded to the wine buyer at Rocca’s Market in San Martin, “but I’ve heard good things.”

“It’s good stuff.  Enjoy!”

The Justin 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles cost me $23.99.  It’s usually a good sign when you get a set of Farmers’ Almanac-type notes from the wine maker on the label.  It gives you a good sense of the respect that a winery has for the terroir.  I was happy to learn that the Justin Cab is 100% free run juice.

Opened it Justin time for dinner.

Color:  This wine is a dark beet red.  Look…

Justin case you wanted to see it.

Nose:  There is an immediate smell of lush dark plums.  There are hints of smoke, leather, and blackberry.  There is also this chalky mocha thing that I love.  You know me by now.  I’m a teacher.  I love chalk!

Taste:  Up front, there is a tart cran-raspberry cocktail flavor.  The tannins are very soft, round, and pleasant.  Probably because it is free run juice; it is very silky.  It has a long, tart, mouth-watering finish.  There is just a little bit of a buttery pie crust (or maybe crescent roll) component.

I’m a big fan of the Justin.  This wine would pair well with a thick bloody steak.  Give it a 91, and buy it.

I’m Justin love with this one.

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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